“A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.” – Proverbs 13:1
God is ever trying to teach us to listen and obey, for this is the essence of true faith. Romans 10:17 tells us that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God“. Therefor, when we are diligent to seek the Word of the Lord, listen for it, and trust what He says enough to fully obey it, we have acted in true faith, and “without faith it is impossible to please God“. Therefore, to please God we must be humble and disciplined enough to seek Him continually, but also humble and disciplined enough to listen to Him faithfully. Breaking it down even further, we come to realize that to be filled to the highest measures of faith and grace, understanding that our measure of grace (which is the power of God) is given according to our measure of faith (James 4:6), we have to be humble enough to be disciplined, and disciplined enough to be humble.
“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” – Proverbs 13:4
In conclusion, if we truly believe that He is wiser, more powerful, more faithful, and more able then ourselves would we not desire to seek His council and trust in the power and wisdom of it enough to simply say “yes Sir” and obey? Would we not be humbled by His majesty enough to gratefully receive His correction that we might walk in greater discipline to His Word, knowing that without faith it is impossible to please Him and what is faith but trust? Trust in His love, trust in His faithfulness, trust in His wisdom, trust in His power, trust in His correction, trust in His instructions, trust in His justice, trust in His Sovereign Deity and Godhood, trust enough to seek and obey. No matter how impossible, peculiar, difficult, or ridiculous it may seem to you, obey! Because in the end it doesn’t matter what you say you believe, if you don’t believe enough to even obey with fear and trembling then did you ever really believe at all?
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:12-13
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” – Titus 2:11-14